Sunday, March 13, 2016

Traditional Teochew Opera Appreciation : Nam Hwa Blazes 万紫千红在南华

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I spent an enjoyable Sunday afternoon with fellow Teochews at a Teochew opera performance presented by Nam Hwa Opera Limited.

'Nam Hwa Blazes' will be staged every 3 months to preserve and promote Teochew opera to local and international audiences. The next 3 performances are on 12 June, 11 September and 11 December 2016, 3 pm at Aliwal Arts Centre.

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I requested to be at the troupe's premises 2 hours earlier today so I could take some shots of the performers when they were putting on their elaborate make-up, costumes and hairdo.

The performers, although rushed for time, kindly let me take photos of them in the dressing room. It was fascinating watching the skilful masters doing the make-up and hairdo.

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I adore the elaborate costumes and hair accessories of Teochew opera. I yearn to have a chance to be dressed up in a Teochew opera costume after seeing the lady performers looking so beautiful after their make-up.

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Ten minutes before the performance start, I went down to the theatre. Glad to see a strong audience turnout with a few foreign visitors and a Malay family. Volunteers had to keep adding more chairs as people streamed in.

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A live Teochew orchestra accompaniment was on hand as the performers present excerpts from several popular Teochew operas. Subtitles in English and Chinese were available on a huge screen next to the stage.


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Members from Nam Hwa's classic Teochew singing class performed on stage for the first time.


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3月13日南华儒剧社于阿里哇艺术中心呈献“万紫千红在南华”系列的潮剧潮曲推广演出。演出附有中英文字幕,且有现场潮乐队伴奏。

今天演出的剧目和演员有 :《穆桂英招亲》(马秀宝、陈玉勇)、《盘夫》(罗兰卿、陆玉娥、张丽群)、《见血书》(许谦和)、小品《新加坡潮州人》(刘忠勇、王汉英)、《观灯》(曾君弼、陈玉勇、黄映瑞、张丽群、陈佩锦、庄雅兰)。

南华经典潮曲演唱班学员们也首次登台展现歌艺。

接下来还有3场演出,分别于6月12日、9月11日和12月11日的下午3时,在阿里哇艺术中心举行。入场免费,先到者先就座。

有兴趣者可致电96770209(南华儒剧社)或电邮namhwaopera@gmail.com



2 comments:

  1. Haven't seen you around lately. There no operas here but slowly we are getting more culture stuff.
    Coffee is on

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    1. I went hibernating for a while. haha....

      I think you can find operas in Chinatown. I know some Chinese opera troupes have performed in the US.

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